November 6th, 2021

USATF Certified Half Marathon

about the Lake Washington half

The Lake Washington Half marathon is a beautiful loop course that starts and finishes and Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland. You’ll run along the shores of Lake Washington and through the charming neighborhoods of Kirkland. Produced by Orca Running, the Lake Washington Half is a great end-of-season half to cap off your year of running. Come run with us!

The Lake Washington Half takes place on land historically inhabited by the following Native American tribes:

Coast Salish
dxʷdəwʔabš Duwamish


Wondering about sizing for the shirts? Click here. Shirts are “standard fit”. 

registration prices

Half Marathon

February: $65

March – April: $70

May – June: $75

July – August: $80

September – October: $85

November: $90


Please note that all registrations are non-refundable. Be sure to review our race policies

Prices do not include processing fees. Online pre-registration closes the day before the race at 8:00pm.

If you’re planning on doing multiple Orca Running races in a year, consider using our Bundle and Save!

race info

The course

proudly serving Nuun on course

Start/Finish Line Location:  Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, WA.

The Lake Washington Half course is USATF certified.

There will be aid stations on the course serving water, Clif Gels, and Nuun electrolyte drink.  Runners will hit the aid stations at approximately 2.1, 4.7, 7.1, 9.1 and 11.3 miles.

All of Orca Running’s races are now cupless. Please bring a handheld bottle, hydration pack, or we can provide you with a resuable cup that folds into your wasteband.


There is lots of parking at Juanita Beach Park and across the street in the gravel parking lot. You can also find free street parking nearby.


All awards will be mailed out in 2021!

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall men and women. In addition, we have awards for the top 3 overall men and women in each 10 year age group. 


Coming soon.

gear check

Free gear check is available at the Lake Washington Half. In an effort to reduce waste, we will not be providing drop bags, so PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BAG. We will have identification tags for you to use. 


Each and every Orca Running race supports a charity. The Lake Washington Half benefits Cascade Leadership Challenge.

Packet Pickup

Coming soon!


Prior to Race Day: Please see Packet Pickup for more information


Race Day

Schedule subject to change due to current race day Covid guidelines.

6:00a – Race day packet pickup begins

7:00a – Race day packet pickup closes

7:15a – Pre-race announcements

7:30a – Start

10:00a – (approximate) awards

11:30a – Course closes


Q: How can I confirm that I am signed up?

The best thing to check first is to look in your email inbox for your confirmation email.  You can also look up your registration here.

Q: How can I confirm what shirt size I ordered?

A: Your t-shirt size that you selected appears on your confirmation email.  If you did not receive your confirmation email, try checking your spam folder.

Q: I cannot participate! What are my options?

A: Please check out our refund/transfer policy by clicking here.

Q: I cannot participate, but I would still like to pick up my swag. Can I pick it up?

A: Yes. You can send a friend or family member to packet pickup to get your race packet & swag.

Q: Are walkers welcome?

A: Absolutely yes!

Q: Are dogs welcome?

A: No, dogs are not allowed to participate in the Lake Sammamish Half. They are welcome at the start and finish line areas, however.

Q: Are strollers welcome?

A: Strollers are not allowed at the Lake Washington Half.

Q: What time does the course close?

A: The course closes at 11:30am. 

Q: Will there be porta-potties at the start/finish? What about out on the course?

A: There will be porta-potties available at the start line and finish line area. There will be porta-potties out on the course at several areas. 

Q: When does online registration close?

A: Online registration will close at 8:00pm the day before the race.

Q: What/who does this race benefit?

A: The Lake Washington Half benefits Cascade Challenge, a wonderful non-profit organization dedicated to providing outdoor adventure opportunities to youth ages 14-20. They serve underprivileged kids in our communities by organizing camping trips and other fun events so kids can enjoy the outdoors and learn leadership skills at the same time. Cascade Challenge is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers and if you’re interested please contact them directly.

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet?

A: Packets will most likely be mailed in 2021.

Q: Can I sign up in person at packet pickup or on race day?

A: TBD – check back closer to the race as we will follow current covid guidelines  

Q: Is there gear check?

A: Yes! Free gear check is available at the Lake Sammamish Half. In an effort to reduce waste, we will not be providing drop bags, so PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BAG. We will have identification tags for you to use. Drop bags will be available to pick up at the race finish at Lake Sammamish S


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